Alkmaar trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Alkmaar is well known for its traditional cheese market. For tourists, it is a popular cultural destination.HistoryThe earliest mention of the name Alkmaar is in a 10th-century document. As the village grew into a town, it was granted city rights in 1254. The oldest part of Alkmaar lies on an ancient sand bank that afforded some protection from inundation during medieval times. Even so, it is only a couple of metres above the surrounding region, which consists of some of the oldest polders in existence.In 1573 the city underwent a siege by Spanish forces under the leadership of Don Fadrique, son of the Duke of Alva. The citizens sent urgent messages for help to the Prince of Orange; he responded by promising to open the floodgates of the dykes and flood the region if the need arose, which despite the protestations of the peasantry, fearful for their harvest, he proceeded to do. Some of his dispatches fell into the hands of Don Fadrique, and, with the waters beginning to rise, the Spaniards raised the siege and fled. It was a turning point in the Eighty Years War and gave rise to the expression Bij Alkmaar begint de victorie ("Victory begins at Alkmaar"). The event is still celebrated every year in Alkmaar on 8 October, the day the siege ended.Find what you're looking for from your Alkmaar holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy The Netherlands journey planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Alkmaar
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Alkmaar
Popular things to do in Alkmaar
Side trips from Alkmaar
Hidden gems in Alkmaar
Museums in Alkmaar
Shopping in Alkmaar
Casinos in Alkmaar
Places to visit with Alkmaar
AmsterdamTrip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, History Museum, Nightlife HaarlemTrip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Art Museum, Historic Walking Area EdamTrip planner BEST FOR: Flea Market, Specialty Museum, History Museum TexelTrip planner BEST FOR: Aquarium, Lighthouse, Nature / Wildlife Tour ZaandamTrip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Landmark, Historic Site
Recently planned trips to Alkmaar
32 days in Benelux BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Amsterdam Schagen Lelystad 9 days in Benelux BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Amsterdam Arnhem Maastricht 8 days in Alkmaar BY A USER FROM BELGIUM Alkmaar cheese market Kissing Cheesegirl Het Beatles Museum 4 days in Alkmaar BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Hof Van Sonoy Het Beatles Museum Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar 1 day in Alkmaar BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw Westfries Museum 56 days in Europe, United States, South America & South Pacific BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Lille Paris Lyon